Some metro Denver firefighters switch uniforms to look less like police officers


West Metro firefighters in t-shirts

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ARVADA, Colo. — Several metro Denver fire departments are switching their uniforms to a more casual look in the wake of recent threats against police officers.

Typically firefighters wear at class B uniform, which looks similar to police officers' uniforms. This week, Arvada Fire and West Metro Fire (to name a few) switched to class C uniforms, which are basically T-shirts with a print of the department’s logo.

“In light of the recent activities both nationally and locally, it was a decision made to keep everyone safe,” said Deanna Harrington with Arvada Fire.

Harrington said there was a concern firefighters and other first responders will be targeted if they’re in traditional uniforms, especially if they’re wearing badges.

“We are highly supportive of our partners in law enforcement. However, safety is our top priority,” Harrington said.

Not every firefighter is happy with the change, but there’s a mutual understanding among many departments regarding the concern.

Aside from Arvada and West Metro, Westminster's and Golden’s fire departments have switched to the class C uniforms.

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